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Russian Epic 'Waiting for the Sea' to Open Rome Film Festival, Jeff Nichols to Chair Competition Jury

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood October 9, 2012 at 12:24PM

Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov's "Waiting for the Sea" will open the 7th Rome Film Festival on November 9. Russian director and screenwriter Khudojnazarov, known for "Luna Papa," spent six years creating and filming "Waiting for the Sea." The Festival, which runs until November 17th, will be presided over by screenwriter and director Jeff Nichols ("Take Shelter," "Mud").
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Director Jeff Nichols
Director Jeff Nichols

Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov's "Waiting for the Sea" will open the 7th Rome Film Festival on November 9 2012.  Russian writer-director Khudojnazarov ("Luna Papa") spent six years creating the mythological epic "Waiting for the Sea."  In Khudojnazarov's movie, which has a magical realism vibe, the sea disappears, leaving a small town to suffer and slowly die away.  All seems lost until a sailor named Marat decides to drag his ship across the desert in order find the ocean that went missing.  Here's the Rome Film Festival blurb for the out-of-competition film:

"Sustained by an imposing vision that captures the breath-taking beauty of the vastness of Kazakh spaces, the film offers the viewer a world lost in time. Horses, camels, trains, airplanes, sidecars, trucks and ships. Magicians, fortune-tellers, sailors. Passion, adventure, betrayal, dreams. And love… Waiting for the Sea is total cinema. A film that proves that it is still possible to narrate spectacular adventures full of surprises and emotions and at the same time delve into the deepest-hidden recesses of the human soul."

The Festival competition jury, which runs until November 17th, will be presided over by screenwriter and director Jeff Nichols ("Take Shelter," "Mud").
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.